I have heard the horror stories and it did make me warry of buying a Sanyo projector. In the end, the sharpness, and lens shift made it the clear choice in my setup. I've had my Z4 for a year and a half now, and I'm still loving it. It really was an extremely impressive product for it's time and has really carried over into a great projector. It's a shame they are having the problems they are. That company had some great potential for future front projection solutions.